Yoga and Meditation: Exercise or a Gateway to the Spirit World?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Occult

Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains.  They can practice yoga in their home watching a video.  If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years.  Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga.  There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses.   In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?

The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation.  Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”.  Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship.  Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.

‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it.  The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams.  It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one.  It is a supernatural force that can overtake you.  Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation.  In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye.  The third eye is the gate to your higher power.

Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike.  However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga.  Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit?  Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God.   Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit.  When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life.  When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power.  Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.

In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception.  One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces.  If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies.  Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.

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10 Herbal Supplements that Alleviate Autism Symptoms

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Parenting

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability Autism in children has increased 119.4 percent since 2000. Adults with autism were diagnosed as children. The common symptoms of autism are speech delay, lack of interest in playing with toys or “pretend play”, limited social skills, atypical behaviors (i.e. tapping on walls), and repetitive behaviors, such as arm flapping. In addition, sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, and/or touch, becoming upset or “shutting down” if change in routine, not making eye contact, often repeating words and phases, and being unaware of boundaries and “space” of others.

 

Herbal Supplements That Alleviate Autism Symptoms

  1. Activated charcoal

This substance can adsorb poisons within the body such as lead and mercury. It also works to adsorb excess gas and bacteria from the intestines. It is a common belief that autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.

  1. Cilantro

Many people use this herb in many culinary dishes such as pasta and meatballs or pesto. It also detoxes heavy metals from the body by adsorption.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is also popular in the culinary world. It works to boast immunity from certain ailments like colds and other respiratory disorders. It also treats digestive problems. The only downside for some is the odor.

  1. Grapefruit seed extract

This rids the body of yeast overgrowth in the intestines and the mouth. Candida can cause many health problems if ignored.

  1. Milk thistle

This herbal supplement detoxes the liver. The liver works to detoxify the entire body. There is link to liver health and detoxification of the blood.

  1. Gotu kola leaf

This supplement enhances memory and intellectual functioning. It also works to increase blood circulation within the body.

  1. Ginkgo

 Ginkgo leaf or ginkgo biloba can treat a variety of brain, circulatory, and nerve conditions by increasing blood flow to the brain. Proper blood flow to the brain can ensure an adequate amount of oxygen in the brain. This would lead to improved cognitive abilities resulting in improved behaviors.

  1. Ginseng

This herb also improves cognitive function and memory. It is more effective when taken with other herbal supplements. It also boosts energy and promotes relaxation.

  1. Methyl Sulfonyl Methane

Also known as MSM, this supplement improve joint health, increases immunity, and decreases inflammation. It also works to combat leaky gut syndrome.

  1. Oregon grape

It is used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It also works as a laxative and antibiotic by clearing liver congestion and regulating the flow of bile.

There are other natural remedies that can work to heal autism. Autism is treatable with the appropriate therapies. One may receive results quickly; however, others will need to be tenacious until they results. The autism spectrum is broad.

10 Benefits of Dandelion: Is it a Weed or an Herb?

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Occult, Self-Improvement

Every spring, we see dandelions growing in our yards and in the fields.  Many of us treat our yards with weed killer to get rid of them. If you learned that dandelions have health benefits, would you see reconsider killing them?

I was shopping at my local Wegman’s, and I bought some dandelion greens.  I buy them by the bunch.  When I got to the checkout line, the cashier asked me what I used it for.  It’s not a popular item,  like kale or spinach.  After telling her that I use it when I juice, she understood.   She mentioned that customers use it to make smoothies or even for their pets. (Keep reading to find out how).

There are many benefits of dandelion; you can use the root, the flower, or the greens. As I mentioned, I juice the greens along with pineapple, green apple, and flax seed meal. You can also drink  dandelion tea, cold or hot.

  1. Weight loss.  Dandelion is a diuretic, which means that it rids the body of excess water which helps with weight loss.
  2. Inflammation. Dandelion greens treat muscle aches and joint pain.
  3. Relieves constipation and increases bowel movements. Because I use it as part of my juicing regimen, it keeps me “regular”.
  4. Diabetes. Dandelion fights both Type I and Type II diabetes by removing excess sugar from the body.
  5. Reduces high cholesterol. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are typically diagnosed together.
  6. High blood pressure.  Since dandelion works as a diuretic, it can help lower blood pressure without the unwanted side effects of a prescription drug.
  7. Cancer fighter.  Boil the dried yellow flowers in water and drink the liquid.  Dandelion purifies the blood and detoxes the liver.   Many of those cancer drugs, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can be extremely toxic to the body. (Why do most cancer patients lose their hair?).   Dandelions are high in vitamin K.   It’s been proven to work for “drug- resistant forms of cancer”. 
  8. Kidney failure.  Dandelion root strengthens the kidneys.
  9. Eye and skin health.  Dandelion greens contain over 100 percent of vitamin A to improve vision and fight skin infections.
  10. Chronic indigestion and excess gas.  Dandelion works great for dogs that suffer from digestion issues.

Remember, as we approach Spring, please pick the dandelions in your yard or wherever you can find them.  Our Power put herbs on the earth to heal us (Jubilees 10:12).  Shalom!

My Five Favorite Essential Oils

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Self-Improvement

Many of us use essential oils for health and wellness, for massage, and even for cleaning.  I love the smells and the benefits of these oils. There are MANY essential oils, but I have a few that I use often.

  1. Lavender oil.  Extracted from the lavender plant, I use lavender oil when I’m cleaning.  Many of the household cleaners are too strong and caustic.  There are alternatives that you can use.  Adding lavender oil to a mixture of water, white vinegar, and baking soda makes the bathroom smell great.  It is also an oil that is used to relieve stress and pain.  Add it to bath water or a foot soak and watch the effects. I also use it to make forming hand soap.
  2. Eucalyptus oil.  This oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves. I put 10-20 in a diffuser with distilled water or colloidal silver water.  It helps to relieve congestion.  You will rest better.   Since we are in the midst of cold and flu season, this is the perfect time to use this. When my husband and I were sick one month ago, the diffuser stayed on throughout the day and night.
  3. Tea tree oil.  Also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, this oil has a variety of uses.  Combine with lavender oil and other ingredients to make a salve to use to help heal cuts, bruises, and abrasions.  Since pure tea tree oil is very concentrated, I add 2 drops to water to use on my face for acne breakouts, particularly those that occur during “that time of the month”.
  4. Orange oil.  I love the smell, so I sometimes use this for cleaning in place of lavender oil.  It’s also works well for hand soap.
  5. Citronella. This oil works great as a insect repellent, particularly for mosquitos.  You can use citronella candles or a bug spray.  It is derived from plants from the lemongrass family, so it would be safer than using an insect repellent like Off ! which contains 7 percent DEET. Commonly known as N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, it is linked to neurological disorders and is an irritant.

Research and try these and other essential oils that are marketed.  In addition to diet and exercise, adding essential oils as part of your program will improve your health and overall well-being.

 

Ketchup, Ketchup, Where’s the Ketchup?!

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Self-Improvement

Whether it’s ketchup or catsup, it’s a favorite condiment of many Americans.  However, it can contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and natural flavoring.  Natural flavoring sounds innocent enough, but at the same time, it’s very deceptive.  When people see natural, they automatically think that it’s healthy, not artificial.  The best option is if you see “natural flavoring” listed as an ingredient, call the company to find out the specific ingredients.

My family loves Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup.  It tastes like fresh tomatoes.  It contains organic  tomato purée, organic sugar, organic white vinegar, salt, organic onion powder, and organic spices.  Very simple.  All ingredients that you can pronounce.  If you cannot pronounce it, don’t buy it.

If you wanted to take a different route, you can always make your own ketchup. You can make it to your preferred taste with organic, non-GMO ingredients.  Wellness Mama has many great recipes from ketchup to homemade hand soap.

I enjoy making a variety of items from scratch like hand soap and even almond milk.  My homemade almond milk tasted richer than the organic milk from the supermarket.  It was very easy to make. (Add almond butter to warm water in a blender).  If you’re not already doing it, I encourage you to start making some of your own food, household items, and home remedies. The food today is tainted with GMOs, pesticides, and other poisons.  There doesn’t have to be a food shortage in order for there to be a famine (Matt. 24:7)

Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee and Wine

By cassandrwiley / On / In Alternative Therapies, Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating

I have been dealing with thyroid nodules for the last 8 years.  Two Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists advised me that I did not need surgery; one recommended that I needed it.  Until last year, they did not irritate me.  I almost opted to have surgery last year; however, a few weeks before I was scheduled to have surgery, I was told that my insurance would not cover all expenses.  Was that a coincidence?  No, not at all!

Doctors make surgery sound so simple. They would  remove my entire thyroid, and I would have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I wasn’t comfortable with that.  I was introduced to an herbalist that instructed me on my thyroid nodules. Basically, nodules form because the blood needs to be detoxed.  You detox the blood and the liver with a healthy diet and herbal supplements.  I took the recommended herbal supplements and ate a vegan diet for a month.  (By vegan, I didn’t eat any meat, dairy, pasta, bread, or sweets).  My nodules began to reduce in size.

I didn’t continue the vegan lifestyle, but I continued taking the supplements. I’ve always been a coffee lover, whether it’s plain coffee, cappuccino, or  iced coffee.  I wasn’t an alcohol drinker, but in the last few months, I begin indulging in red wine, about 2-3 glasses per week.  I noticed that my nodules were beginning to grow and become irritating again.  After discussing with my herbalist, he said that coffee and wine increases thyroid nodules.

I stopped drinking both immediately.  Alcohol, coffee, and black tea are highly acidic.  You hear conflicting reports about coffee; some articles say that it can have positive effects on your health and some say to avoid it.  Wine is good for the heart, but you need to drink a good-quality wine to get the benefits.

I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that I do not eat pork, shrimp, crab, and lobster for religious reasons.  Although beef, chicken, turkey, and certain fish (not shark or catfish) are acceptable to eat, I will most likely return to the vegan lifestyle. Meat is very acidic, and it is very important to keep your body alkaline.  I would prefer being a vegan over having surgery and taking medication for life.

How I Overcame Pre-diabetes and High Cholesterol Without a Prescription

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Self-Improvement

When I had my annual physical this past January, my doctor was very impressed with my blood work results.  My thyroid functions were normal along with my cholesterol and blood sugar levels.   My issues with pre-diabetes and high cholesterol were no longer a concern for me.

In October 2016, I started taking herbal supplements. My family and I were introduced to an herbalist from Washington state. He gave us advice about our current medical conditions and herbal remedies.

Over  that next month, I didn’t eat any meat. I had stopped eating pork one month before. (See my post 5 Reasons That I Stopped Eating Pork).  Shellfish was no longer a part of my diet, either.  This includes shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, clams, squid, and scallops. Having lived in Maryland for the past 11 years, crabs were always available, expensive sometimes, but available. With the exception of fish with fins and scales, everything else that lives in the water is unclean ( Leviticus 11:9-11).   Many of us believe that it’s a delicacy because it tastes delicious.  However, we don’t associate it with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.  Shellfish are typically bottom-dwellers that eat and carry bacteria. Think about that the next time you have shrimp cocktail or a crab cake.

In addition to not eating meat for one month, I did not eat dairy or bread.  My weight has not changed, but I have lost body fat.  When I saw my personal trainer 2 weeks ago, my body fat was 30 percent. Last year, it was 32 percent, so I have made progress. Under 30 percent body fat is ideal.

In conclusion, you can treat many common illnesses with a proper diet and herbs.  The body can basically heal itself if it’s properly cared for.  Many herbs have healing properties (Jubilees 10:12), so don’t need to go see the pharmacist.  Once you start taking prescription medications, you may have to take them for the rest of your life. It is better to treat the illness now with what the earth has to offer.

10 Things I’ve Learned From 21 Days of Fasting

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Self-Improvement

As I reached the final day of fasting this past Sunday, I can reflect on the many things that I’ve learned.

  1. Getting closer to God.  This is the main reason for fasting.  It is always nice to get better acquainted with my Lord and Savior through His Word and through prayer.
  2. I don’t need caffeine.  Sure, I like the taste and smell of a cup of coffee, but I didn’t have withdrawal symptoms from not having it for 21 days.  That tells me that it’s not a necessity. Caffeine can affect you in negative ways, like rapid heartbeat or being jittery.
  3. I will cut back on steak and other meats.  My husband and I ate steak almost every week before the fast. I’m not going to totally go vegan since God said that all food is good (I Timothy 4:3-4). However, I have felt amazing these past few weeks. I want to continue to feel energetic.
  4. Diet made more of a difference for my weight loss. I didn’t fast for the purpose of losing weight…it’s just a side effect.
  5. Trivial things don’t matter.  My cell phone was lost, and I didn’t have one for 2 days. At the end of the day, it’s just a material possession.
  6. I need to cut back on social media. I use social media to promote my blog, but other than that, I’m not the type of person that lives on Facebook and always taking selfies.  You ever notice that everywhere you go, whether it’s work or the doctor’s office, people rarely talk to each other anymore? They’re either texting or on social media.  Some people text while they’re walking.  Even driving, although you can get a ticket for that!
  7. I didn’t miss eating bread.  When you’re a pre-diabetic, it is better to resist it.
  8. It felt good to teach someone a spiritual lesson.  I’m always open to talking about spiritual matters with those that will listen.  When I can write about it, it is even better.
  9. Your body needs a detox.  Every now and again, your mind and body need a detox.  See my post on Why Regular and Natural Detox is so Important For Your Body
  10. Television is used as a tool for mind control.  We didn’t watch regular television during the fast, not even the local news.  We watched documentaries and nature shows. It is a mindless distraction.

 

 

Time to Get Moving as We Move into 2016

By cassandrwiley / On / In Health and Illnesses, Healthy Eating, Self-Improvement

This will be my last post for the year as well as the 100th blog post.     I wanted to update you on my progress. I saw my dietician for my final appointment. My diet is fine; however, he suggested that I get a fitness band to track my activity. My struggle this month was getting in the recommended activity. After taking a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, and with the holidays, there was an interruption  in my workout routine.  We enjoyed ourselves, celebrating my husband’s birthday, going horseback riding, and taking a camel ride for the first time. We also experienced the kingdom safari; letting birds eat food out of your hand was a very different experience.

We got some much needed rest over the holidays.  This week, I am back on track with my workouts and diet. In my appointment, we discussed that every person, regardless of your weight, needs to take 10,000 steps per day. So, I purchased a Garmin activity tracker.  For the past 2 days, I have reached my goal.  In addition to steps and other activities, it also tracks your sleep. It tracks the number of both deep and light sleep hours.

With 2016 just around the corner, I will continue to keep my same goals in mind. With writing, family, and my full-time job, our next vacation probably won’t be until the summer for my birthday.